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POPE JOHN IV, FINALLY SOLVING A PROBLEM

Pope John IV was a native of Zadar, Dalmatia. This city is on the opposite side of the Adriatic Sea from Venice, but further south, giving the city a mild climate. With a beautiful coastline and harbor, it was a blessing and a curse in history. War and vacillating allegiances have rocked this area throughout time. John was pope during one of the...

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POPE SEVERINUS, CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE

Pope Severinus spent more time waiting to be confirmed the newly elected pope by the Byzantine emperor than he did being pope. Severinus, a Roman, was possibly descended from members of the Roman Senate. The Roman Consul in 501 was named Avienus. The father of Severinus was named Avienus. Thus, this man, whom we discuss today, was likely of the...

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St. Martin of Tours, a Veteran for Veteran's DAy

NOVEMBER 11 is the traditional memorial of ST. MARTIN OF TOURS (+397). It is interesting to note that Veteran’s Day has a veteran as its saint of the day. St. Martin was born to a cavalry officer of the Imperial Horse Guard, in Pannonia, an area now part of Hungary. Whether it was 316 AD or 336 AD, no one knows. In either case, it was short...

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POPE HONORIUS I, HERETIC?

Poor Pope Honorius has been condemned, anathematized, pointed out as fallible and partly excused. He has remained on the list of valid popes, somehow. Who is this man and how did he get into this position? Honorius was born in Campania around 585. He apparently was brought up well to do, being the son of the consul, Petronius. Although this...

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Blessed Marie-Therese de Soubiran

OCTOBER 20 is the traditional memorial of BD. MARIE-THERESE de SOUBIRAN (+1889). Time passes, and it passes quickly: we shall soon know the reason of so many things that surprise and shock our feeble short-sighted reason. Marie-Therese was born to Joseph Paul Comte de Soubiran and his wife Noemi de Gelis on May 16, 1834. Marie-Therese recei...

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St. Jerome

SEPTEMBER 30 is the traditional memorial of ST. JEROME who died this day in 420 AD. Born March 27, 347 AD, Jerome’s whole name was Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus. He was born and grew up a pagan in the area which has become Slovenia. As a young teen, Jerome and his friend, Bonosus, moved to Rome for their education. Apparently, this education...

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Saint Robert of Knaresborough

SEPTEMBER 24 is the traditional memorial of ST. ROBERT OF KNARESBOROUGH (+c. 1218). Robert, along with St. Elizabeth of Hungary, is one of the most popular saints of the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert was born Robert Flower (or Floure or Fleur) to Robert (or Touk) Flower. Touk was mayor of York, implying a comfortable upbringing for Robert and ...

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St. Joseph of Cupertino

SEPTEMBER 18 is the traditional memorial of ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO (+1663). St. Joseph, born in the kingdom of Naples in 1603, is known as the patron saint of air travelers, pilots and the learning disabled. Read on to see why. Our saint was born Giuseppe Maria Desa. His parents were not well to do and his father died in great debt before...

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Saint Hildegard

SEPTEMBER 17 is the traditional memorial of ST. HILDEGARD (+1179). The youngest of at least seven children born to a lower noble family, Hildegard was born about 1098, in Bockelheim, West Franconia, Germany. A fragile, sickly child, she was said to have visions even then. Hildegard was fostered out to a woman named Jutta where she learned th...

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POPE BONIFACE V, THE MILDEST OF MEN

Boniface Fouminios was born around 575 in Naples, at that time part of the Byzantine Empire. He appears to have been of Greek extraction, which was very common at that time in the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Little seems to be known about him before he was elected Pope. Pope Adeodatus died November 8, 618. Boniface would have been...

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